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1955 Thunderbird Diecast Models
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Distinctive characteristics for a 1955 T-bird:  No Front Fender vents;   tail fins rounded and inline with body lines; Straight  bumpers with bumperettes front and rear; dual exhaust outlets above bumper thru bumperettes.. No continental kit. Hardtop is non-porthole.  no wind wings, no sun visors; Interior
Scale Information:

Listings are in alphabetical order by brand or manufacturer. Listings cover diecasts, plastic molds, sand casts, etc...,  any 3-Dimensional 1955 Thunderbird that rolls or appears to roll whether made to be decorative, as a toy, or for the picky collector. Model kits listed on separate pageNot For Sale 
Note - it's rare to find a '55 scale model Thhuunderbird with the correct style '55 T-bird seats in it.  Most in the last 30 years have been built with the '56 style seats. Kudos to the companies that know the difference and put the correct seat style in their collector models.  If you don't know the difference, check this webpage out: 1955 1956 & 1957 Interiors Scroll to the bottom to see the 3 seat styles.

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from the 1950's to present
Brand / Country Year 
Released
Photos
Model Name / #
Scale Description
Niedermeier / Western Germany 1950s
Thunderbird PN-350  13" red or blue with silver graphics; With papermache driver; windshield wipers that operate when car is rolled; topless; black base
Nostalgic Miniatures / USA

Westboro, MA

? #139 1./43 natural pewter 
1981
55 Thunderbird 1/43 Heavy metal diecast; Peacock blue; black interior; topless; white wall tires; marked 55-56 Thunderbird on base.
olive green with black interior
Parker Bros / USA 2003 . 55 Thunderbird 1/87 pewter; one of 6 tokens in Ford 100th Anniversary Monopoly Game
Paul's Model Art
MiniChamps / China
2003  55 Thunderbird 1/43 Thunderbird blue; topless; antenna; comes in display stand;  part of series from Ford's 100th Anniversary set; box
2004 55 Thunderbird 1/43 White with red and white interior; antenna; limited 1 of 2,544;
2005  55 Thunderbird 1/43 Red with red and white interior; antenna; limited 1 of 1,632
2007 1955 Ford Thunderbird 1/43 Yellow with all white interior; topless; whitewall tires; 1 of 1,200
Premiere Products Co. / USA 50's . Ford Thunderbird Hardtop #652-89 7 3/4" Model Kit; plastic; red with grey top; pink; plastic windshild; aqua blue  with black top on box cover; no markings on base.
Polonaise see Komozja . . . .
Polyfect (Summer) / China 2003 1955 T-bird 1/63 greenish teal or lavender blue - generic 55s with black bases; orange flames on hood;  new colors for generic models that have been out for about 10 years. comes in 30 pack with many other cars.
Polystone / China 1998 Clock #TZ6754 6"x 6"x 5" cast resin w/ stone backdrop; red, topless; brown seats; rest of interior painted black; wide whites; scenic picnic setting. small 1.5" clock set into stone.
Processed Plastic Co./ U.S.A (Aurora, IL) 50's Thunderstreak Sport Coupe; Motoramic Sport Cars
#X404
7"
17cm

Plastic (polyethylene); red, orange, yellow, blue or green, light green : stereo view(//) or (X); hardtop; 4 horns molded on hood; 3 circles molded on each front fender; circle paper Tag: "unbreakable Plastic Toys 39 cents"; lightning symbol molded behind each door, no chassis; wheels on metal axles; Clear plastic window;
Wheels: black with metal hub or black with molded-in spokes
50's Thunderstreak Sport Convertible;  Motoramic Sport Cars
#X-505
7"
17cm
Plastic; red, dark red, yellow, green, or blue convertible; clear plastic windshield and steering wheel; Wheels: black with metal hubcap; or black with molded in spokes.
80's Mini-buggies #4700 2" Plastic; black, red, blue, yellow or green w/white chassis OR white w/black chassis; marked "55 T-BIRD" on chassis - 1957 bumpers & fins;  moved description to 1957 page.
Revell / Hong Kong 1990 #8650 1/18 red w/ red removeable top; doors & hood open, front wheels turn w/steering wheel; highly detailed red & white interior.
Revell / China 1990 . #8650 1/18 black????; as red car above; spoke wheels
199? . #8650 1/18 pink w/ pink top w/ maroon & yellow seats; otherwise as above red car
1995 #8650 1/18 aqua w/aqua & white interior; 40th Anniversary special; removeable white hardtop
199? . ? 1/18 Model Kit; white  pictures or information anyone?
2002 . 1955 Thunderbird 1/18 Black (new color);  red and white interior; no hard top
2002 . 1955 Thunderbird 1/18 Red;  reissue of old model, no hard top
2002 . 1955 Thunderbird 1/18 Thunderbird blue; with matching teal & white interior;  like original model; no hard top
Brand / Country Year 
Released
Photos Model Name / # Scale Description
Ringo Toy Corporation 1950's . 1955 Thunderbird; C-540/100 8.5" Model Kit; plastic; black, aqua, green, white, 
model appears to be the Ideal mold;  looks exactly the same with the "Ideal" company logo on the base plasticized over;.  Nice box graphics.
Rio / Italy 2012 Nov. 1955 Ford Thunderbird, Mille Miglia #4362 1/43 Red, with red hardtop; Depicting the Mille Miglia race for 1957 with team of Smadsa/Raselli #434 (uses 1956 Rio body). License plate front and rear
2013 Feb. 1955 Ford Thunderbird Sebring 4371 1/43  blue with #9 on door and hood for team Scher/Davis (uses 1956 Rio body). license plate front and rear
Road Legends /China . . see Yat Ming 1/43 .
1997 . see Yat Ming 1/18 .
Road Signature see Yat Ming 1/18
Road Tough (Yat Ming) / China 1994 . 92068 1/18 Red, yellow, white, or black??; removeable white hardtop; black & white interior; similar to Revell (but not quite)
S/C / Japan '50's . Ford Thunderbird 7" Tin; red; conv.; printed dash; curved bumpers & cont'l kit; friction motor
'50's . Ford Thunderbird 7" Tin; red; conv.; printed dash; straight bumpers; friction motor 
Santa's Best / China 1992 "Snow Bird" 4 3/4" 
12cm
Plastic Christmas ornament; red w/white hardtop; Santa in driver's seat, teddy bear hanging out passenger window; garland draping across hood & doors; 1st edition available 1993
Solido / France 1956 . Ford Thunderbird Jr. Series #195 110 mm colors of white, salmon, rose, dark red, orange-red, yellow, light green turquoise, light blue, light tan, laight gray, black; hardtop in white or black; white rubber tires; no driver;  according to Solido Toys variation & price guide by Dr. Edward Force - interior colors unknown.
1959-1963
Ford Thunderbird 100 series / #113B 4.25" / 109mm Fiesta Red (salmon) conv. with driver in white wearing red hat; with green or white interior; clear windshield & side windows are 1 piece
1959-1963 Ford Thunderbird 100 series / #113B  4.25" / 109mm Blue conv. with driver in white wearing green hat; white interior; clear windshield & side windows are 1 piece ; 

also comes white, rose, light green, turquoise, & metallic dark blue according to  Solido Toys variation & price guide by Dr. Edward Force - interiors colors unknown.

/ Sri Lanka  1997 . Betty Boop MusicBox / #741746 ? Ceramic Music box; pink convertible w/ Betty Boop and her dog; wearing her classic red strapless dress; royal blue license plate: "BBoop"; 
**Summer 1989~2005 . s8501, 909 or 922 or 9231 1/64 Various colors, flame graphics, several wheel styles, 55/56, various castings, very cheap, generic look with just basic T-bird features. Found at K-marts, dollar stores in multipaks. pkg under various brands
1992 toy 2.5" diecast body; black plastic chassis; black, metallic red, or purple; w/gold & white stripe across top ending in gloved fist; gold "8" on porthole hardtop

 
 
 
 
 
 

**SS = 
Swinging Superior (SunnySide) / China

1997-present SS 5718 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
'Pull-Back';  in colors of Turquoise, yellow, lt. green, navy, dk. green, red, dk. red, white, black, pink; w/ or w/o white plastic hard top; topless have black boot cover; Black & white interior; opening hood w/chrome engine; clear visors and no windwings
1997-present SS5718 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Pull-Back';  in colors of Turquoise, yellow, lt. green, navy, dk. green, red, dk. red, white, black, pink; with white plastic hard top; Black & white interior; opening hood w/chrome engine; clear visors and no windwings; license plate "55 Thunderbird"
1999 . SS5718 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Red or Blue w/white hard top & 2 figures: gas station attendent & woman in dress [Ed. note: these are the 1997 SS5718 models with figures added]
1999 . SS5718 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Red or Blue; topless & 2 figures: male driver & woman in shorts [Ed. note: these are the 1997 SS5718 models with figures added]
2000 Official Year 2000 Shell Credit Card Issue SS 5718 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Yellow w/Shell Oil Company graphics; black tonneau cover; blk & wht interior; topless; comes alone or w/ Shell truck & car carrier which has working lights ~ battery operated, made by Taylor Made Trucks); catalog listed as a 1956 Thunderbird; box has 1926 Shell graphics - appears to be exclusive from Toy Truck Collector catalog at this time.
2000 Texaco 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Red, topless; black tonneau cover; Texaco logos
2000 Chicago CTCI Convention Special 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Red or Yellow; issued to registrants at CTCI convention; code2; top view
2000 Sears Transport set 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Red w/ red car hauler, Holidays 2000 special
2000 . 55 t-bird
SS5718
1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Metallic bright blue - new Color for old model<
2003 1955 "Thunderbirds by the Sea" Custom 1/34
5.75" 
15cm
red with surf board.  Special for convention goers at CTCI regional at Ventura, California.
2004 1955 Thunderbird
SS5718
1/34
5.75" 
15cm
dark teal with white top;  new color
2005? 1955 Thunderbird 
SS5718
1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Black with textured plastic white hardtop; orange and yellow flames on hood and sides. Found at Cracker Barrel Restaurants; base
2005 1955 Thunderbird, SS5718
Packaged with Jafa Pen
1/34
5.75" 
15cm
Maroon, topless, black tonneau; Packaged with Jaffa pen; History of Thunderbird on box

 
 

**
SS = 
Swinging Superior 
/ China

1996 - present SS7714 1/24
7 1/4"
in colors of Light Blue, yellow, lt. green, navy, dk. green, red, white, black; pink; ..black & white interior; topless have white tonneau cover behind seat; windwings & visors; also comes in a boxed version. Base
MOTM July-Sept 04
1996 - present SS7714 1/24
7 1/4"
in colors of Light blue, yellow, lt. green, navy, dk. green, red, white, black; pink; ..black & white interior; plastic white hardtop; Base
2002 . club 24 edition #1949  1/24
7 1/4"
turquoise; same as ss 7714 (with black and white interior. It has a white top cover on the deck area.);  new packaging: distributed by Aldi inc. food stores. purple box
2002? . club 24 edition #66/1949  1/24
7 1/4"
pink with white hard top and black and white 
interior and the trade name TERAH distributed by Aldi inc. food stores; blue box
2003 1955 Tbird 1/24
7 1/4"
white;  same model as SS - packaged with chocolate gold coins by Galerie
TC Toys / China 2001 Car Chains, Century Collection(BD) 1/64 pink or red; removeable keychain; packaged on a card like Hot Wheels; slightly larger than Kinsmart '55 model; solid black windows. (BD)
2001 Car Chains, Hi Beams 1/64 pink, red, yellow; tuquoise; removeable keychain, "flashlight";  button on bottom of car.  slightly larger than Kinsmart '55 model; solid black windows.  small "license plate tag" included on card (BL)
Tekno ? . see 1956 listing for Tekno . Even though it has no fender vent, I've put it in the 1956 category since it does have a wrap around rear bumper extension like the 56 models.  An oversight on Tekno's part that they didn't put the fender vents in?  Though some claim that it's a copy of the Solido model, it is very different, smaller, overall better detailing of hood scoop, lower windshield, position of doors on body and entirely different chassis plus interior is different and a better detail but still with '55 seat style.
Thunderstreak . . see Processed Plastic Co. above . .
TinTin 2006 See 1955 listing for Atlas . "Les Pirates Du Silence"; Red; cream interior; Man in driver's seat
TN / Japan '50's
Sports Car 8" Tin; red or lavender; conv. with removeable, clear green-tint plastic top or clear plastic top; friction motor; Lavendar car in stereo:Parallel or X-eyed
motm--03/00
TootsieToy 
/ Chicago, USA
50's or early 60's ? Ford Thunderbird 3" lt. blue, red, yellow; hardtop body; snap-on axles w/rubber tires
50's or early 60's ? Ford Thunderbird 4.25" lt. blue, red, yellow, green w/yellow top; yellow w/green top, yellow w/red top; paleblue body with med. blue top;  hardtop body; snap-on axles w/rubber tires
50's or early 60's ? Ford Thunderbird 4.25" Army green w/ red star on top; hardtop body; snap-on axles w/rubber tires. Appears to be part of set of Army vehicles. Model of Month 09/99
Uni Toys 2004 Kruzerz 1.5 in Rmz markings on package Kruzerz, cool
urban die cast cars with pull back action, Uni Toys collect all 8 ---looks like 55 bird, aprox. 1 and 1/2 inch long, pink color, large wheels, found at K Mart (BD)
Made in Vietnam 2004 1955 Ford Thunderbird V023 14"x5" Wood, pieced and carved; topless; a variety of woods used.
ca. 2010 . 1955 Ford Thunderbird 14"x5" Wood, Pieced and carved; hardtop; a variety of woods used.
? Unmarked
China 
90's . 2.5" See "Summer" castings above
? Unmarked
USA
50's Charm . Sterling silver charm, rolling wheels, top goes up and down, seats painted red.
? Unmarked
China
2003 '55 Thunderbird . Resin cast dusty yellow green ornament;  licensed by Ford;  see Kurt S Adler
? Unmarked 
Welly / China
1999 '55 T-Bird 1/43
4" or 10cm
Diecast; Red, Yellow, Blue; black plastic hardtop; tan interior;doors open
1999 '55 T-Bird 1/43
4" or 10cm
Diecast; Red, Yellow, Blue; topless; black plastic tonneau cover; tan interior;doors open
Welly / China 2005 1955 Ford Thunderbird #9014 4 3/4"
12cm
Red with white plastic non-porthole hardtop, white interior, wide whitewall tires, chrome bumpers; opening doors, hood; pull back action; marketed with black Getty Truck and trailer or grey LukOil Truck and trailer; car sits on turntable in trailer.  Remake of 1956 Welly mold.
. . 1955 Ford Thunderbird #42366H 1:38
4.6"
red with black "softtop"
. . 1955 Ford Thunderbird #42366C 1:38
11.5cm
red convertible with black & white interior
2013 . 1955 Ford Thunderbird 42366 1:38 Black with black "softtop", black & "grey" interior
2014 1955 Ford Thunderbird
42366
RA#362175
1:38 Cream convertible with black & white (grey) interior, opening doors; chrome bumpers and wheels, painted trim. pull-back motor.
store.ford.com/rewards; imported by Excite, Carrolton, TX
/ West Germany 50's Tin 13" friction powerw/windshield wiper action; red & silver or blue & silver or green & silver; composition driver, see Niedermeier at top of page
Wyandotte /  50's click on me Thunderbird 4.5"
11.5cm
Plastic; Yellow, blue, red, green; various color  wheels on snap-on axles; topless with windshield frame, crude; Came on plastic transporter.
Brand / Country Year 
Released
Photos Model Name / # Scale Description

 
 
 
 

Yat Ming / China

1994 to 1996 . Road Tough / 92068 1/18 Red, yellow, white, or black??; removeable white hardtop; black & white interior; similar to Revell (but not quite)
1997 to present . Road Legends / #92068  1/18 yellow OR lite pink OR red or blue or Black; removeable white hardtop; black & white interior; white sunvisors; wind wings; 1999 box style
2000 Road Signature Millennium edition #92067  1/18 Gold plated; cream interior w/lite gold seat inserts; white top trimmed w/ gold; brown steering wheel; hodd & trunk open; still has windwings & white(not cream) sunvisors (if Yat Ming only knew the 55's didn't come w/sv & wws.) 1 of 9999 - It's a beauty, anyway!
2001 1955 Thunderbird Road Signature 1/18 black w/black & white interior; white removeable hardtop; (BB)
2007 1955 Thunderbird Road Signature 92068 1/18 Yellow with yellow hardtop; yellow/black 1956 seat
2007 1955 Thunderbird Road Signature 92068 1/18 Turquoise with turquoise hardtop; white/turquoise 1956 seat
2000
photo by Steve Legel
Ford Thunderbird 1955 -Road Legends Collector's Edition / 9424433-A 1/43 Blue or Yellow; topless; white interior; narrow white wall tires; detailed; #94228 on chassis; also available in a truck & trailor  t w/3 other models. Also available in a set of 3 Thunderbirds - yellow 55, red concept, black 1966  item no.94607G
Coca-Cola,  K-Line,  YatMing / China 2001 Coca-Cola brand Freight Car 1/43 Red; white interior;  with white Coca-Cola logo on lower front quarter panel. 3 cars sitting on flatbed railcar; #94228
also issued a 6 car carhauler freight car with 6 red 55 T-birds.
YatMing / China 2004
1955 Thunderbird "Road Legends" series 1/43 black or white with black interior

new box style for 2008

2008 photo by Steve Legel 1955 Thunderbird Road Legends series 94228 1/43 Red with all red interior
2008 photo by Steve Legel 1955 Thunderbird Road Legends series 94228 1/43 Blue with all blue interior
? Unmarked
/ China
? Thunderbird Taxi 1.5" 
4.5cm
Plastic; Pencil Sharpner; yellow w/ black & white checkered stripes on sides; taxi tab on top; silver hood scoop
? Unmarked
/ USA
50s Thunderstreak 7" 
17cm
See Processed Plastics Co. above
? Unmarked 
/ China?
2001 Thunderbird 2 ft Tan, resin cast, found in home decor store - value approx $45
?? / China  2002 1955 Thunderbird 1/43 Melrose Hotel of New York has a white '55, 1/43 out as part of a promotion that is now over. Melrose Hotel logo; Thunderbird blue 2002 model printed on box.
Marked  High Speed on base.
2001 or 2002 55 Thunderbird 1/43 Univest Bank promotional; white '55, Thunderbird blue 02 printed on box.
made by High Speed
** SS = Superior=Summer=SunnySide - packed under various brand names; model #s usually start with an S or SS.
 
Lists:  1955 A-H 1955 I-M 1955 N-Z ?? 1956 A-F 1956G-J 1956K-N 1956 O-Z + ?? 1957 A-H 1957 I-R 1957 S-Z ?? Model Kits Hot Wheels
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* Some cars are rather generic for 1955 & 1956 ie. have characteristics of both years.  If you don't see your model listed in the '55 list it may be in the '56 list.  Manufacturer of many of those models is also hard to determine so distributor's name is listed which is why some models look the same but have different "manufacturers"

  If you don't see your classic t-bird model listed at all, Please send me e-mail with a description including the manufacturer/ country of origin / year made if known / size / general & specific description including color of body and interior and type of top, hub style, etc.  I also accept photos.

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